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Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP

Private Wealth Law

4 ranked individualsBand 1South DakotaHigh Net Worth 2021 View ranking table

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Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith is "the best in South Dakota," enthuses a market insider. Another agrees, saying: "Their attorneys are top-notch and they have a sterling reputation."

The team handles trusts and estate planning and administration work. "Davenport is a deep firm with an excellent reputation in South Dakota," says a client source, describing the team as "knowledgeable and professional."

Notable practitioners

Mary Akkerman is regarded as a "go-to person in South Dakota" for her expertise with estate planning and estate and trust administration. "She is an absolute workhorse and will get things done. She is great to work with," says a source. Another notes: "She has also got international experience. She has distinguished herself for building a strong network for international references."

Daniel Donohue "has a great command of South Dakota trust law," says a market insider, describing him as "a top trusts and estates lawyer." He is highly respected for his estate and trust expertise. Another source reports that "he is a published author and has written extensively on South Dakota trusts."

Sarah Larson is "a consummate adviser to clients," enthuses a source, who continues: "She is one the best estate planning counsellors in the state. She has very strong skills." Larson specialises in estate planning and probate matters.

Terry Prendergast "is about the fastest draw in the West," states an market insider, "if you send him an email, he will get you an answer within the hour. He is most responsive lawyer you could work with." One source notes that "he has a great knowledge of South Dakota trust law," and another reports that "he is very well known in the trust industry and has been instrumental in helping trust companies get licences in South Dakota."

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South Dakota

Private Wealth Law


Mary Akkerman
Band 1
P Daniel Donohue
Senior Statespeople
Sarah Larson
Band 1
Terry N Prendergast
Band 1